This year marked the 21st installment of the Texas Corvette Association (TCA) open car show, held in the beautiful small town of Boerne Texas. With over one hundred Corvette’s and dozens of classic and exotic autos, this was the best car show yet. The whole event starts off on Friday with a Hawaiian Luau Dinner Dance where car enthusiasts can come out, have dinner, and talk about the things they love most. The cars that got them there! Saturday is the big show. Starting early in the day and lasting until mid day with an award ceremony capping off the show. Sunday is the Hill Country Run. Those of know that are from Texas, or know the Boerne Hill Country Area you know it’s an amazing place to have four wheels and an engine. Some of the most scenic and twisty roads are nestled in the hills of Central Texas.
You don’t have to be a Corvette owner to appreciate them. There’s a lot of talk about who got there first as the first American sports car. All we know is that we love and appreciate the Corvette. The first generation C1 came out in 1953. This car came with 150 horsepower inline six cylinder engine. Chevrolet didn’t offer a V8 until two years later in 1955 when a 265 cu in V8 was offered as an option. Upping the 0-60 from 11.5 seconds with the inline 6 to 8.5 seconds in the V8. Let’s jump ahead a few generations to the C5 that was built from 1997-2004. With that Corvette came one of the greatest power plants of all time. The LS1. This small block V8 was completely redesigned from the previous generations V8. Initially rated for 345hp and 350lb-ft, but was increased to 350hp for the 2001 models. You can also find them shoved into Mazda Miata’s, Nissan 240sx’s, and other applications. You can find them in Corvette’s today. That is, until the C7. When the seventh generation of the Corvette starts hitting the streets it will come with a 6.2L V8 called the LT1. Sound familiar? GM started using the LT1 name back in 1970. LT will be used from this point forward. The 376cu in V8 in the C7 is estimated to have 450hp from the factory. An astounding number considering 60 years ago when the Corvette first came out it had 300 less horsepower. The C7 will be offered with a seven speed manual or a six speed automatic with paddle shifters. What some people are most excited about is the brand new interior. It’s lightyears ahead of the C6’s interior and a refreshing addition by an American automaker. We can’t wait to get our hands one on, and when we do you can bet we will have photos and video.
The TCA car show reminded me of Adam Sandler’s movie Mr. Deeds where Adam Sandler’s character “Longfellow Deeds” buys everyone in his town brand new red C5 Corvette’s. We’ve got over 125 high resolution photos from the event. We will see y’all out there next year. Enjoy the photos and thanks for stopping by!
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THANKS to the Texas Corvette Association!